When I turned 30, I stopped caring (so much) about what other people think of me. Something shifted that year, like a sunrise; and the new-found freedom accelerated Self-knowledge and the discovery of what I truly value. ⠀⠀ I like to joke that when I turned 40, I stopped caring about what I think of myself. 😁 ⠀⠀ What that really means is that I have been gradually disassembling the crafty traps of the ego—judgement, disappointment, and doubt. ⠀⠀ My 40s have been about developing MAITRI. That is an important word to the Shambhala Tradition. It means “unconditional friendship with yourself.” ⠀⠀ Maitri is more than “self-care.” Spa days and affirmations will only get you so far. Maitri is embracing the totality of your Self—making peace with even the most uncomfortable parts. Unconditional friendship with your Self allows you to courageously gather up your scattered projections and see the world with a clearer heart. 💗 ⠀⠀ Maitri is an ever-beckoning invitation. ...and your life is worth it. 📷 @ejdilley #maitri #shambhala @anipemachodron #courage #compassion
She took a break from her legos, finished her milk and cookie, laid her pixie body out on the floor like a starburst—arms spread wide... closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and said: ⠀⠀ “Quietly listening. Your eyes are closed. Even when you’re not doing anything, you’re still doing something.” ⠀⠀ “That’s beautiful,” I gasped. “Where did you hear it?” I looked up from my book to give a smile...but her thick, little girly eyelashes were still laced upon her cherub cheeks. ⠀⠀ “From the Earth, Mama,” she whispered...”From the Earth.” ⠀⠀ #lotusheartgirl #babypoet #guruchild
I like to say, “Let’s do what’s easy.” ⠀⠀ What I really mean is: “Let’s do what’s hard until it becomes easy. ...Then, let’s do what’s easy.” ⠀⠀ Commitment is proven through time. Healing is accompanied by scars. Patience is only developed in annoying and challenging situations. Courage is only possible in the face of fear. One of the greatest feats of a lifetime is to simply surrender. ⠀⠀ I celebrate Love because it is a choice—to remember wholeness, over and over and over again. ♾💗 ⠀⠀ 📷 @tcos
“Eternity is in Love with the productions of time.” ⠀⠀ —William Blake ⠀⠀ Happy Shiva Moon. #shivamoon #tantradance
“A lover asked his beloved, ‘Do you love yourself more than you love me?’ Beloved replied, ‘I have died to myself and I live for you. I’ve disappeared from myself and my attributes, I am present only for you. I’ve forgotten all my learnings, but from knowing you I’ve become a scholar. I’ve lost all my strength, but from your power I am able. I love myself…I love you. I love you…I love myself.’” —Rumi ⠀⠀ The Lover and the Beloved are one. For as long as life goes on, the dance continues. Don’t let me dissolve too quickly lest I lose myself forever. ⠀⠀ The dance needs a dancer as much as the dancer needs her dance. ♾💗
NEW SOUL STORY: Lotus Milk ⠀⠀ The Goddess Lakshmi is the personification of abundance and delight. She is the embodiment of Shrī, which means majesty and glory, fertility, riches, and dignified beauty. ⠀⠀ She empowers you to realize your wholeness, to recognize the absolute abundance, beauty, and grace within all of Nature and expressed through you. ⠀⠀ The story of Lakshmi's ascent has been told again and again throughout the Indian epic texts and mythological tomes. This is my interpretation, shared from my imagination...to yours. It is an invitation to return to your heart center, where in the stillness of your True Nature, lotus milk swells like a fountain of joy. ⠀⠀ I hope you enjoy it. 💕🙏🏼 https://www.rrshakti.com/goddess-archetypes.html
Yoga is a physical practice. 🧘🏽♂️ ⠀⠀ Yoga is a physical practice to celebrate the life force energy (prana) within you. 🔥 Yoga is a physical practice to celebrate the life force energy (prana) within you and to awaken to the realization of your whole Self. ⠀⠀ 🌕 Yoga is a physical practice to celebrate the life force energy (prana) within you and to awaken to the realization of your whole Self as an embodied expression of the heart of God. ⠀⠀ 🌞 Yoga is a physical practice to celebrate the life force energy (prana) within you and to awaken to the realization of your whole Self as an embodied expression of the heart of God, witnessing its own divinity at play in all of creation. ⠀⠀ 🌼 Yoga is divinity at play. ♾ ⠀⠀ #awakening
Dear सखी sakhii, sister, friend: ⠀⠀ Please don’t mistake your style as coming from your closet or your hair. You rock that amazing look because of the endless creativity in your soul. ⠀⠀ Please don’t think your beauty is dependent on your make-up or your shape. You are a gorgeous, glowing mama because of the infinite fire of your spirit. ⠀⠀ Don’t think your power lies in competition for status. You are an absolute goddess when you remember your deep abiding wisdom—your courage and compassion. ⠀⠀ ...And your peace is not contingent upon a massage or a Merlot. Unspeakable Peace flows like an unlimited wellspring deep within you. ⠀⠀ Your abundance is not found in your bank account or refrigerator; but in the bountiful reservoir of treasure at the center of your heart. ⠀⠀ And remember, please, that the source of your love is not your partner or your children. ⠀⠀ The reason you Love so deeply is because of the eternal ocean that swells inside your very being. ⠀⠀ I’m reminding you now, my friend, so that you can remind me later. ⠀⠀ Girl, we’re better together. 💕 #internationalwomensday
I’m falling more in love with Love: every hue she casts. every voice behind each mask. every heart laid bare. ⠀⠀ I’m surrendering to the dance; relinquishing my pace, falling into Grace, and embracing the affair. ⠀⠀ Every droplet becomes the sea. It’s a recognition story of creation’s final glory, between the shadow and the glare. ⠀⠀ At the single point I find a cosmic mandala at play. When all contrast falls away, the dance is the only thing there.
HAPPY MAHA SHIVARATRI! ⠀⠀ On this Indian holiday union of all duality is celebrated as the marriage of Shiva and Shakti, in her incarnation as Parvati (the daughter of the mountains). ⠀⠀ Therefore, Maha Shivaratri is a celebration of God/dess–the essence of God in Nature. ⠀⠀ While Shakti creates the manifest experience of embodied consciousness, Shiva is said to be lying in stillness, deep in a dream. When he awakens, the created universe dissolves into the unified experience of Pure Consciousness. ⠀⠀ The marriage of Shiva and Shakti may be celebrated as an awakened awareness of Pure Consciousness while still embodied in the human experience. ⠀⠀ This is Yoga: the realization of divinity on Earth and the sacredness in each and every moment. It is remembering the dream within the waking state and knowing the deep wisdom of your intrinsic wholeness. ⠀⠀ The March New Moon invites you to honor your dreams. They hold the deep wisdom of your unconscious mind and Visionary Heart. 💗
The scenery from inside my snow globe today. Deep Peace.
Who is God? Images of a preeminent and autonomous being may take the form of Brahman: the Hindu name for supreme, ubiquitous reality. Sometimes God looks more like a Christian Father, or the Great Spirit, the pure consciousness of Shiva...and/or the creative power of Goddess. ⠀⠀ God image inspires me to beauty and moves me to love. ⠀⠀ For psychologist, Carl Jung, a “God-Image,” or the object of one’s religious affection, is a “pre-existing archetypal pattern” within the human psyche. Jung’s explanation seeks to harness that which cannot be contained. ...and when asked “Do you believe I God?” Jung’s response: “I don’t have to believe. I know.” ♾ It is the question itself that drives me; not the answer. ⠀⠀ In the stillness of meditative contemplation, both the questions and answers become superfluous from within. ⠀⠀ Deep, in what the Vedic Upanishads called the “lotus of the heart,” experiential knowledge feels nothing like religion. ⠀⠀ To me, it simply feels like Love. ⠀⠀ I am not Hindu. or Buddhist. or Christian. or Muslim. or Zoastrian. or Rastafarian. or Pagan. or Jewish. or Zulu. or Sufi. or Jain... I am a Soul Artist. I believe in the all-pervasive Love.
Love is Space. ⠀⠀ Love is the space between us...between each atom within us and connecting every star. ⠀⠀ Love is the empty place...un-filled. It is the void where my breath recedes and the nectar spilled. ⠀⠀ It is the open wound, the stitches, and the scar. ⠀⠀ It’s the space between the lion and the rose. It’s the place where all the water flows...where all the evenings go... to become dawn. ⠀⠀ It’s the dance, the danced, the dancer. It’s the hunted and the hunter. It’s the seeker that you seek...the eyelash on your cheek. It’s the music in your car. ⠀⠀ Love is Space. It’s where you are. ⠀⠀ #soulartist #youarelove
Always remember that all archetypes are within you. ⠀⠀ The mythic war is never between you and somebody else—your spouse, for instance. ⠀⠀ It is not a symbolic war raging against the opposite sex or gender. ⠀⠀ It isn’t a story about the “beef” you have with the president or your boss. ⠀⠀ In fact, there is no outside devil or culprit causing your struggle. This is a war within you. Your own psyche is the battleground. ⠀⠀ And you are the only hero. ⠀⠀ #archetypes #soulartist #innerpower #yogapsychology
I guess some folks need to be reminded that, right now, horrific things are happening all over the world—social injustice, environmental disaster, devastations of war. ⠀⠀ Other people desperately need to be reminded that Love is greater than all of it. ⠀⠀ I’m not sure who is who, so I’ll just keep posting LOVE. ⠀⠀ #love #yogaeverywhere #reallifeyoga @innerpoweryogis @rrshakti
The most powerful tools I know: breathing, listening, moving, laughing, exploring, dreaming, believing, loving...if you're looking for transformation elsewhere, you might be wasting your energy. ⠀⠀ 📷@sweetmanaaloha
Music. ⠀⠀ I grew up in a household of rockers. Some of my earliest memories include twirling in my mother’s arms as she danced on the living room shag. ⠀⠀ Some of the staples in our speakers included Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Call, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, and Lone Justice. ⠀⠀ I attended my first concert with my parents. They introduced me to the Christian Rock festival scene in the early 80s...then followed me into the late Grateful Dead experience of the early 90s. ⠀⠀ Together, my dad and I saw Jerry Garcias’s last performance at Soldier Field. We also established a tradition of attending Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the summer. It was our thing. ⠀⠀ It was a natural and obvious idea when I decided to create Yoga Rocks Mountain Fest’ in 2008/2009 (and the concurrent Rocky Mountain Yoga Conferences) that brought live music and yoga together. I’m so grateful to everyone who contributed back then: #seanecorn #donnadelory #davestringer #shantimedina #davewatts #alannakaivalya #darrenrhodesyoga #simonparkyoga ⠀⠀ ...and so many others. Today, I am grateful to contribute to the yoga scene @arisefestival Every year, in Loveland CO, I am reminded of my roots—the ones that keep me both grounded and uplifted—connected to my parents, our ancestors...and all of humanity through the powerful celebration of music. ⠀⠀ Get your tickets. ⠀⠀ #arisemusicfestival
🙏🏼 Dear God/dess, Great Spirit, Universal Creative Power : ⠀⠀ Thank you for all the Amazing opportunities you have placed in my path... even when I wasn’t ready for them. ⠀⠀ You knew that my every misstep, hang-up, and loss would bring me closer and closer to Love. ⠀⠀ Jai ma! Aho! and Amen. I am humbly and eternally grateful. ⠀⠀ Yours, Shakti ⠀⠀ P.S. I’m ready now. 💗
Tantra Yoga includes a realization that personal imagination and creativity are the expressions of the cosmic creative potential of Shiva/Shakti. ⠀⠀ Ritual, imagination, and creativity are soul-sisters. They may be used together to focus attention upon the embodied spirit. ⠀⠀ The ascetic may shun the aesthetic, but God/dess lives in beauty. ⠀⠀ Art, music, and dance are all reminders of the sacred creative impulse that permeates all things. ⠀⠀ God/dess lives within the icons and images that represent her and through the sound of her mantras. ⠀⠀ Soul-making is inherently creative. ⠀⠀ #soulartist #reallifetantra #yogaeveryday @innerpoweryogis
“He plants the seed, she bears the fruit The tree of life they share is good She is a bird, he is the sky He loves the space, she loves to fly So it takes a woman and a man, ooh yea To show the beauty of God's plan (All it takes)” —Rita Marley
I want to be radically, authentically human. I want to get dirty. I want to honor the uniqueness of each human animal as we work together to heal the planet. ⠀⠀ Because we are not solely the pulsation of a dynamic organism of Universal consciousness, collectively influencing the health and vitality of our eco-system and social structure. ⠀⠀ We are that. But we are more. ⠀⠀ We are more than the undivided image that satellites capture from space...more than the unified Ideal of a single and infinite awareness that transcendental theories of postmodern Western yoga advance from a lofty (and often hungry) ethereal state. ⠀⠀ We are more. ⠀⠀ We are each a unique human animal with fears, tears, and shadows. ⠀⠀ When I say “Namaste,” I bow to the part of you that is infinite and whole. Your divine beauty is only recognizable, however, because it lives within your HUMAN GRIT. ⠀⠀ Sacredness lies in the balance between the embodied digestion of gut-level experiences...and taking yourself lightly enough to fly. ⠀⠀ What does Inner Power Yoga mean to you? www.innerpoweryoga.org ⠀⠀ #soulartist #rrshakti #gutlevel #stayhuman #reallifeyoga @innerpoweryogis
It is time to challenge what the world calls “irrational,” because the body has an intelligence that is beyond rationality...beyond all reason. ⠀⠀ Honor your body for its inherent wisdom. Listen. ⠀⠀ This month, the Eleven Moons God/dess Odyssey offers you an invitation to listen to both your higher awareness and your deeper, gut-level wisdom. Unite your intellect and insight, emotion and sensation—bring them to balance at the center of your being—to awaken your Visionary Heart. ⠀⠀ #elevenmoons
It has been just a little over two months since my mom gave us the message to “spread love to everyone” before she peacefully transitioned to eternity. ⠀⠀ She was a beautiful role model for unconditional love. A love that did not seek “likes” but instead sought truth. She didn’t seek praise. She sought laughter. ⠀⠀ Her love landed gracefully on everyone she met, regardless of race, class, or gender. She was generally motivated by hugs and smiles...unconcerned with materiality or fame. ⠀⠀ She LOVED because she experienced GOD as LOVE. ...and she LOVED GOD. ⠀⠀ She loved unconditionally, without attachment to the outcome. She wasn’t out to leave a legacy... ⠀⠀ BUT SHE DID. ⠀⠀ That’s just the power of Love.
God/dess means the essence of God in all things. The feminine face of divinity is LOVE present within all matter—living as Nature. She is the light in a rose bud, the energy emanating from a tree. She is the Love that animates every face and all of creation. ⠀⠀ ...And as Marion Woodman proclaimed so beautifully: “We are born to live in the love that permeates all life.” ⠀⠀ || That Love is You. || #love #god/dess #soulartist
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